I had an opportunity to watch CNN's documentary entitled "Black in America". I was hoping that this was not another diatribe on the maladies of being black in America. Well, it was exactly what I had hoped it would not be. In my opinion, this show helped to nurture the "zoo mentality" attitude that is shared by some outside of the black community. The "zoo mentality" suggests that we look at animals in a habitat that looks natural, but actually these animals were captured and taken against their will and placed in an environment where they cannot survive without the "zoo keeper". It also tells others that they should be grateful that they are not black.
Of course on these types of shows, they show both extremes, being extremely poor or being well off. The things that troubles me about this is both the poor or the well off focused on the struggles that they had without mentioning them being better people or having developed character as a result of their struggle.
I think that it is the struggle that makes being black so wonderful. Under so much hatred and oppression, we still rise! This country was built on our struggle. There is no wealth in America that did not result from black labor. If it was not for nearly 400 years of free labor, where would America be?
I'm proud to be Black in America, as a matter of fact, Black is America! If there was no Black in America, there would be no; Automatic Car Coupling Device, Mechanical Seed Planter, Mechanical Corn Harvester, Street Sweeper, Microcomputer system with bus control means for peripheral processing devices, Blood Banks, Egg Beater, Refrigeration for Trucks and Railroad Cars, Pencil Sharpener, Automatic Lubrication System for railroads and heavy machinery, Automatic Shoe Making Machine, Elevator, Gas Mask, Automatic Traffic Signal, Hot Comb, Open Heart Surgery, Steam Boiler, Radiator, Third Rail (subway), Railway Air Brakes, Lemon Squeezer, Farmer's Almanac, Ironing Board, Electrical Resistor used in computers, radios, television sets and a variety of electronic devices, Safe Deposit Box, Peanut Butter, Adhesives, Bleach, Chili Sauce, Ink, Instant Coffee, Linoleum, Mayonnaise, Paper, Plastic, Pavement, Shaving Cream, Talcum Powder, Hair Relaxers and so much more!! Also if there was no Black in America we wouldn't be witnessing the highest voter turnout ever and the most watched race for President in American history!!!
That's what it's really like to be Black in America!!!!